Dept. of Health and Human Services Seeks SBIR/STTR Proposals  

June 15th, 2016 by Rebecca Todd

Innovative Arkansas entrepreneurs are encouraged to explore research funding opportunities within the 2016 Department of Health and Human Services Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Omnibus grant solicitations. SBIR Phase I awards range in size from $150,000 to $225,000 for six-month project performance periods.

Participating agency components (Note: STTR is only available at NIH):

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Find a Topic Match for Your Research Project Idea

The HHS SBIR and STTR Omnibus grant solicitations permit researcher-initiated topics around health, medicine, and life science to be submitted for funding consideration. In layman’s terms, the agency seeks the best ideas for providing new solutions to life science areas of critical need. Research topics are intentionally broad in scope so that prospective applicants can readily align project ideas with one or more HHS topic areas.

NIH Matchmaker  is a tool of the agency’s RePORT site that can be used to conduct keyword searches of a particular topic area to identify NIH institutes or centers that have previously funded research in that area. Applicants can also email for an SBIR/STTR program manager referral.

With any specific idea, applicants are encouraged to speak directly with a HHS SBIR/STTR program manager around a month BEFORE the deadline to gauge their interest. Contact information for program managers can be found here. Often, program managers are willing to review either a concept paper summary or a one-page Specific Aims draft that reflects your Phase I project idea. Instructions for the Specific Aims section can be found in the Application Guide.

The 2016 Program Descriptions and Research Topics and Appendix A  can be found here (includes SBA-approved topics for budget waivers).

Application Submission Deadline and Resources

The standard SBIR/STTR due date of Sept. 5 falls on a federal holiday, so the deadline for SBIR/STTR will be Sept. 6 at 5 p.m., your local time.

The new online HTML guide provides comprehensive assistance on how to use the application instructions and includes a video tutorial. Be sure to refer to the application guide as you develop your SBIR/STTR proposal.

These Annotated Form Sets will help you to ensure that your application follows required agency eRA system business rules.

Watch the 2016 agency-led ASBTDC-hosted webinar, “The HHS SBIR/STTR Programs: From Submission to Award,” here. This webinar also featured guest speaker Tony Cruz of SFC Fluidics, a Fayetteville-based microfluidic technology company.

Review the 2016 SBIR/STTR Solicitations:

SBIR: PA-16-302 

STTR: PA-16-303 

Arkansas-based researchers interested in pursuing new HHS SBIR/STTR funding opportunities are encouraged to contact Rebecca Norman at or 501.683.7700.